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Elgoibar

Elgoibar

The river Deba runs across Elgoibar, fed by small watercourses along the way, like those of Azkarate and Petomendi. Also, this town, characterised by its industrial nature, is surrounded by picturesque mountains offering worthwhile walks on which numerous dolmens and burial mounds can be found.

 

Apart from the town centre, Elgoibar is also constituted by seven neighbourhoods: Altzola, Arriaga, Sallobente-Ermuaran, Aiasta, Idotorbe, Azkue and Urruzuno. Besides, the town is encompassed by marvellous mountains that are interesting places to go for a walk, where we will find many dolmens and burial mounds there.

 

Machine Tool Museum

 

Elgoibar is a basically industrial town, considered the capital of the Machine Tool. This industrial activity was one of the basis for the socio-economic development in the area, and the Machine Tool Museum was built to spread its reality. In it, industrial factories of the early 20th century are reproduced, as well as the origin and development of different technologies used in the process of the mechanical production.

 

Regarding the town's cultural heritage, the most important buildings are the Town Hall and the church of San Bartolomé, both built in Baroque style, and the porch of the former church of Olaso. Out of the urban area we will find the former spa of Alzola, which gained certain popularity in the 19th century because of its thermal water and saltern. The spa was opened in 1846 and nowadays the building houses a water-bottling factory.

 

Whoever visits Elgoibar in late May will have the opportunity to enjoy San Bartolomé festivities, patron saint of Elgoibar. Txaranga Mauxitxa and sokamuturra are the activities playing the main role during the fiestas, as well as Día del Txiki. On August 25th the inhabitants put on a white shirt and tie a neckerchief. Throwing wine at one another during the 'txikiteo' going for wine shots- is a custom.


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Surface area: 39.20
No. of inhabitants: 11324